M.D.O.T. Encourages Teen Driver Safety Week

Teens across the state of Mississippi eagerly anticipate the day when they can stand in front of the blue background and receive that plastic card, saying they have earned their driver’s license. However, similar to almost every superhero movie, “with great power, comes great responsibility.”

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (M.D.O.T.) encourages all motorists to participate in the teen driving safety measures and share them with others.

According to Traffic Safety Marketing, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash don’t survive, yet a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components and responsibilities of driving. You’re the parent, they’re the children, and they still have a lot of learn. You teach them, and you may just help save their lives. Driving is serious business, so set the rules for teen drivers; they’ll thank you for it.

M.D.O.T. encourages the following “5 to Drive” driving rules for motorists, especially parents and new teen drivers:

•No cell phones! Don’t be a distracted driver; that text or call can wait, it’s not worth it.
•Buckle up! Buckling up is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
•No extra passengers! As a new driver, you don’t need the additional distractions. Your only focus should be on the road in front of you.
•No speeding! The faster you’re going, the slower you’re reaction time.
•No alcohol! Even if you’re of legal age, you should never drink and drive or ride with someone who’s been drinking. Always use a designated driver.

For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week, visit http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/teens. The most important thing is to be safe, and enjoy your driving experience. No matter if you’re a new teen driver or if you’ve been driving for 20 years, make MDOTtraffic.com your starting point for up-to-date traffic information and road condition alerts. Additional information can be found by calling 511 for on-demand, route-specific information or by following M.D.O.T. on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MississippiDOT. The primary concern of M.D.O.T. is the safety of the traveling public. M.D.O.T. advises the motorists to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the website while driving.

Categories: Local News, News